We had a bit of a rainy weekend so being stuck in the house with an active 5 year old and a teething 6 month old we looked for some fun things to do to keep ourselves occupied. After all, there’s only so much Transformers that a mom can play without losing her mind completely. To the rescue – BAKING SODA! Stay with me. One of Logan’s favorite things to do is play “The Bubble Game”.
It is a flat-out version of making a baking soda volcano without the mess of it pouring all over the kitchen counter. We like to use a variety of colors so it ends up looking like a watercolor painting, much like the photo below. It is at least 30 minutes of fun and is non-toxic, easy and inexpensive. Also for little ones it works on fine motor skills when sucking up and dispensing the vinegar. Plus it offers a fun lesson in kitchen table chemical reactions.
1 cup of Baking Soda (I buy it in big bags at our local BJs)
3/5 cup White Vinegar (I split it into 2 or 3 containers)
Food Coloring (I add a different color per container)
Pipettes (I also use leftover medicine droppers from prior rounds of liquid medicines. Cleaned of course.)
1. Pour the baking soda into a wide flat container. You can use a cookie sheet, I like to use a glass pyrex container as it easily contains the mess and is easy to clean afterwards.
2. To the vinegar add a few drops of your favorite food coloring.
3. Give the kiddos the pipettes/droppers and let them suck up the liquid and drop it in patterns onto the baking soda and let it fizzle and disolve. Repeat until they are bored or out of vinegar.
I hope you enjoy this project. We love it a lot. Do you have any other fun household science projects that you do at home? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!